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Opportunities for Helping Others this FallSeptember 29, 2011
As the air has, finally, a crispness about it and the trees begin to show their colorful harbinger of winter to come, the St. Clement's Helping Others volunteers are busy organizing the church's fall and winter outreach efforts.
Again this year, St. Clement's parishioners and friends are asked to donate an unwrapped Christmas gift for elderly homebound clients of Episcopal Community Services (ECS) in Philadelphia. As we have for some years, we'll have a list of gift requests – mostly housewares, linens and other home products – posted for generous donors to select and purchase. The gifts will need to be received at St. Clement's by the week after Thanksgiving. Look for the list to be posted soon on the St. Clement's website, or e-mail us and we'll send it to you. Thanks for your Christmas generosity.
The Helping Others group will also prepare and serve meals at the Wintershelter at Trinity Memorial Church in Center City Philadelphia starting in mid-November. The shelter provides a place to sleep and meals to about 20 homeless men each winter season. Most of the residents are working at one or more jobs, but are also working toward being able to afford their own places to live. The St. Clement's volunteers prepare a hearty meal and serve it to the shelter residents, giving all of us a chance to share in God's bounty with some very interesting and friendly guys. Please let us know if you can help, by preparing food for the shelter and/or joining us to help serve.
The people of Saint Clement’s Church are rightly proud of our church's traditions, and it is a vital part of our Anglo-Catholic identity to give ourselves to feeding the hungry, helping those unable to help themselves, caring for the sick. Please consider volunteering with the Helping Others group.
- Ron Emrich, Church Warden
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